Almost Home Thanksgiving Box Donations

Every year at Thanksgiving, our associates rally together and raise money to support a Almost Home’s Thanksgiving Box Program to provide meals for 300 families in our area.

Last year we raised over $3,600, but we can probably beat that easily this year! Peggy Jarrett is taking donations through tomorrow — Thursday, November 16.  She will be in the Bistro tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive donations in person.

Almost Home is a nonprofit organization in Brighton helping families that are homeless or lacking sufficient resources to keep a roof over their heads.

Please consider giving, even if you can only spare a little extra. It means so much to a family to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal.

See this flyer for additional information or call Peggy Jarrett with any questions.

Mind Body Team Seeks Associate Teachers

It’s no longer unusual to start a meeting at Platte Valley with a few deep breaths and a stretch, to sit and chart with a sandbag on your lap, or stand back to back with a co-worker when you’re feeling stressed.  These simple techniques are part of our Mind Body Connection program, which focuses on increasing self-awareness and taking a moment to care for you, which will ultimately improve the quality of your interactions with patients and co-workers – truly a win-win situation.

Many of these concepts stem from the teachings of Matthew Sanford, a yoga teacher, writer and owner of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit in Minneapolis.  Matthew is paralyzed as a result of a car accident when he was 13, so his experiences as a patient serve to enlighten us as providers.  He has visited Platte Valley twice, and the approach he introduced has been carried on with our Mind Body team.

In the past year, we have brought these techniques to several departments, incorporated them into meetings, presented at the SCL SHINE conference and held sessions for Hospital Week and community gatherings.  We’ve been energized by the positive responses we’ve received and the success stories we’ve heard.  Now we’d like your help to continue spreading the word!

We’re looking for associates to assist in teaching their co-workers some of these techniques.  If you went to Matthew’s workshop, you have a head start, but our team can help train you as well.  If you have an interest in this work, please contact Karen Vizyak, Physical Medicine Director at X1844 or Christine Salvi, Patient Experience Director at X3635 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid Classes Available

One of the priority areas that came out of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for PVMC was Mental Health and Substance Abuse. To help address this, SCL Health is providing the Mental Health First Aid course along with Community Reach Center. The class is free to attend for everyone and the information is invaluable as we see more issues within our community and the hospital. If you know someone in the community that would benefit from this opportunity, please pass this along to them.

These classes do have a minimum required class size, and will be cancelled if enough people do not sign up. Please consider taking this valuable class.

Upcoming Classes:

  • First Responder & Emergency Department Class: Wednesday, November 29 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register:
  • Tuesday Dec 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register:

About Mental Health First Aid:

  • Evidence-based training program empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to others who might be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis
  • Enhances ability to intervene in the event of a mental health emergency
  • Population health approach to behavioral health helps to raise awareness and intervention skills while reducing the stigma around mental health
  • Movement to train a greater number of individuals across the country to improve prevention efforts against anxiety,depression and other mental health disorders
  • Similar to previous efforts to increase the number of individuals with CPR/First Aid knowledge…more education = more lives saved!

Seats Open in Healthy Cooking Demo

Are you interested in learning how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals from scratch for the upcoming holiday season? Join Chef Mike and Registered Dietitian Melissa for a live cooking demo. Learn to prepare healthier holiday meals, and how to modify some of the recipes you already love. Bring your friends!

Healthy from Scratch for the Holidays: A Live Cooking Demo
Thursday November 9, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Room A
Space is limited so sign up online or by calling Evelyn at X1481.

Remembering the Children

Maria Lochran began collecting children’s books for PVMC and Salud in 2014 when she noticed the medical facilities she was visiting had adult magazines, but very little for children waiting with their parents. It was then she made the decision to take the money she received from her garage sales to purchase children’s books, which she donated, to Platte Valley Medical Center and Salud.

The first year she donated 400 books, the second year over 900 and even though she had a stroke, managed to donate another 200 books last year (contributed by Connie Haney on her behalf through a contact made by Linda Young).

A very big THANK YOU to Maria is definitely in order for remembering the children  (and their parents) visiting our hospital.


Linda Young, Sheryl Sorensen (PVMC Director of Volunteers), Mary Ladwig and Maria Lochran (wheelchair)